Details Coming Together for 2010 OSU-Michigan Charity Dinner
November 1, 2010 9:30 pm EST

Everything is well under way for this year’s Celebrities for Diabetes event.  The details include:

Celebrities for Diabetes
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
405 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215

The dinners have been held every year since 2003, this year the evening will honor the legendary Jack Tatum.  This year’s event will feature silent and live auctions, a game debate featuring past UM & OSU greats, and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Brio Tuscan Grille, Cameron Mitchell Catering, J. Liu Restaurant & Bar, and Spagio.  More details to follow about the final attendee list.  More information and tickets, click here.  We hope that you can join us on November 23rd.

Buckeyes to Wear New Uniform Again for 'THE' Game
August 18, 2010 11:00 pm EST

For the second straight season, Ohio State will wear a unique Nike "Pro Combat Series" uniform in its game against Michigan.  Does anyone think the Wolverines wish they were getting this attention.  The Buckeyes will one of 10 programs wearing the Pro Combat uniforms in 2010. Along with Ohio State, Nike will use Alabama, Boise State, Florida, the University of Miami, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Texas Christian, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

The design will be revealed September 1st.  It will be interesting to see the fan reaction around Columbus this year.

5-Star Recruit Transfers Out of Michigan
August 12, 2010 9:30 am EST

Justin Turner, top recruit out of Ohio two years ago, has decided to leave the Michigan football program.  Turner redshirted last year and was expected to help beef up a depleted defensive backfield for the Wolverines.   

Turner came to Michigan, had trouble with academics and wasn't cleared to practice with the Wolverines until two weeks into fall camp last year.  This late arrival set him up for redshirting in 2009 even though the team had a serious lack of depth on the roster at both cornerback and safety positions.

According to Bleacher Report, Justin struggled in the spring at cornerback, as JT Floyd took over the spot vacated when Donovan Warren left early for the NFL.  Still, Michigan fans hoped he would show his near 5-star prospect status this year and get playing time in zone or nickel formations.  One of the signs that No. 2 didn't have his heart into it was when he showed up to fall camp 11 pounds bigger than he did last fall.  

This may have a huge impact for the Wolverine defense this coming season.  Michigan can't afford any losses in the defensive backfield. Michigan DB's loses in the last year:

Demar Dorsey—admission issues 
Justin Turner—Transferred  
Boubacar Cissoko—legal issues 
Donovan Warren—NFL 

Lloyd Carr Set to Retire
July 22, 2010 9:30 pm EST

After 30 years at the University of Michigan, associate athletic director and former head football head coach Lloyd Carr will officially retire from the athletic department on September 1st.

"I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity to assist two great coaches here in Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller and I will always appreciate Joe Roberson's decision to name me the head coach in 1995," said Carr. "I am also appreciative for those I worked with and for all the great friendships I have developed.

"Most of all, I am thankful for the young men I coached and for all the memories I have from my time at Michigan."

Carr is retiring after two-and-one-half years as an associate athletic director, but his accomplishments as UM's 17th head football coach will be an enduring memory.  Following the 2008 Capital One Bowl victory over Florida, Carr retired as UM football coach with an overall record of 122-40 (81-23 Big Ten), a national championship and five Big Ten Conference titles. He is one of only three Michigan coaches to win more than 100 games on the gridiron, an achievement only surpassed by Bo Schembechler and Fielding H. Yost, and was the fifth head football coach to lead Michigan to a national title (1997).

Carr became just the second Big Ten coach to post an undefeated regular-season record in only his third year of head coaching. He also wrote himself into the NCAA record books, becoming the seventh coach in NCAA history to have reached 29 wins in only three seasons of coaching.
 
CAREER COACHING HIGHLIGHTS
1995-2007: Overall record 122-40 (81-23 Big Ten)

Championships
1-National (1997)
5-Big Ten (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004)

College Coaching
1976-77 Assistant (Eastern Michigan)
1978-79 Assistant (Illinois)
1980-86 Defensive Backs (Michigan)
1987-94 Defensive Coordinator (Michigan)
1995-2007 Head Coach (Michigan)

Michigan DB Released From the Team
June 9, 2010 7:30 pm EST

Michigan defensive back recruit Demar Dorsey has been released from his letter of intent after not being admitted to the school, his father said Wednesday, according to The Detroit News.  Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon confirmed that the university admissions office concluded that Dorsey won't be admitted.

Dorsey, the Big Ten's highest-rated recruit according to ESPN Recruiting, signed and returned papers Wednesday to Michigan that release him from the letter of intent he signed in February. Dorsey's high school coach, Mark James, told ESPN.com on Monday that Dorsey met NCAA qualifications to play football but didn't earn admittance to Michigan. 

Dorsey's decision to sign with Michigan generated controversy because he twice was charged with felonies as a juvenile. He was acquitted of a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon in 2008, and an earlier burglary charge was dismissed.  James told ESPN.com that Dorsey's issues with his admission to Michigan may have stemmed from his previous legal transgressions.

The highly touted defensive back was one of the top players coach Rich Rodriguez signed in February. Michigan's secondary has struggled the past two years.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Dorsey was a star at Lauderdale Lakes High school.  Dorsey is a cousin of Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson. Michigan lured him away from his verbal commitment to the University of Florida. Southern California and Florida State also recruited him.

Michigan Announces Self-Imposed Penalties for Football Program
May 25, 2010 12:00 pm EST

The story broke a couple of months ago and today the Associated Press reported the findings and initial response from Michigan.  Today the University admitted to a series of violations in its football program but insisted that the problems, related to practice time and the activities of graduate assistants, were not enough to warrant major punishment from the NCAA.

Michigan released details of self-imposed sanctions it hopes will satisfy the NCAA, whose staff will hold a hearing on the case in August. A final decision on NCAA penalties could take months. 

Michigan said it will cut back practice and training time by 130 hours over the next two years, starting this summer. It also trimmed the number of assistants - the so-called quality control staff - to three from five and banned them from practices, games or coaching meetings for the rest of 2010.

The self-imposed sanctions included a recommendation for two years of probation for the football program, which is 8-16 in two seasons under Rodriguez. The school said it should not be tagged as a repeat offender despite a 2003 scandal in the basketball program.

"We're imposing on ourselves what we believe is corrective actions," athletics director David Brandon said. "Ultimately, the NCAA will decide what the appropriate sanctions and penalties are."

The NCAA has outlined five potentially major rules violations, all related to practices and workouts. It accused Rodriguez of failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program - a charge Michigan vehemently denied even as it acknowledged an overall failure by the athletics department.

"We think that is overly harsh," Brandon said. "We do believe that there were things he could've done better, and Rich would be the first to agree that details he delegated shouldn't have been in retrospect."

Brandon said the school decided not to take away scholarships or eliminate coaching positions.  Michigan told the NCAA that letters of reprimand were issued to seven people - including Rodriguez - who shared responsibility for the violations. One staffer who worked under Rodriguez at West Virginia before joining him at Michigan, Alex Herron, was fired after his claim of not being present during some activities was discredited by players.

The school said two main problems - too many people acting as coaches and too many hours being put into football by the players - occurred in part because of "inattention by the football staff."

"The university agrees that it failed as a whole to adequately monitor its football program to assure compliance regarding the limitations upon the number, duties and activities of countable football coaches and the time limits" for practice," it said. "The university also agrees that Rodriguez failed to satisfy the monitoring responsibilities required of head coaches."

After his hire from West Virginia, Rodriguez filled all five quality control positions in the program - essentially assistants to assistants who were paid $17 per hour to "run errands for the coaches, check on student-athlete class attendance and academic issues, and chart plays."

The school said the staff "crossed the line in specific situations and engaged in 'coaching activities'" as defined by the NCAA.

Rodriguez also told school investigators he didn't know about forms used at Michigan to track athletes' activities until last summer, 18 months after he was hired, and he said no one ever told him those forms were not being filed with compliance officials by his program.

Rodriguez's response was submitted by his attorney, Scott Tompsett. He said the coach was "very disappointed that his administrators failed to provide the job descriptions on multiple occasions and he is disappointed that the compliance staff never brought their failure to his attention. Rodriguez has always had an open-door policy for anyone to bring matters to his attention."

The school said it had discovered the paperwork problem and was working on it when the story broke. The bigger issue was the lack of communication. The school said the football program didn't provide requested information to the compliance office, which failed to alert Rodriguez - who "should have paid closer attention to his subordinates."

Rodriguez regretted that he didn't adequately monitor certain aspects of his program, but added in his response that following NCAA bylaws was not a "one-man job."

"We're not happy to be in this process, but we're handling it in a professional and transparent manner before we move on," Brandon said. "The NCAA will hear our case in August, then will deliberate as long as is needed - and that could be weeks - before making a decision that we can agree with or choose to appeal."

Block 'M' on Michigan Field Vandalized
April 1, 2010 10:00 am EST

Someone managed to break into the 'Big House' and steal part of stadium's FieldTurf (insert your own 'Michigan ground game' joke here).  It is hard to imagine they find a time when the football team wasn't practicing!
 
Damage to the block “M” at the 50-yard line of Michigan Stadium in a weekend vandalism incident likely was done with a large utility knife and caused $1,500 to $2,000 in damage, as reported by the AnnArbor.com.  A 6-foot by 8-inch chunk of FieldTurf was carved out of the block "M" in a similar fashion someone would cut carpet.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said Tuesday that a construction worker noticed the damage Monday. Associate athletic director Bruce Madej said he expects the field will be repaired by Michigan's spring football game on April 17.  Due to the ongoing $226 million renovation at the stadium, exterior gates may have been left open.  Security cameras that monitor the lower bowl are not in use because the feed for those cameras comes from the press box, which is under construction. Public safety officials are reviewing tapes from cameras located outside the stadium.

The incident is the second act of vandalism at the stadium in less than a week. Last week, an exterior light was broken, causing $1,000 in damage, during what DPS officials believe was a scavenger hunt.

Michigan Practiced Too Much
February 23, 2010 2:30 pm EST

After reviewing the matter for several months, the NCAA has found that Michigan's football program was out of compliance with practice time rules under coach Rich Rodriguez.  Incoming athletic director David Brandon disclosed the findings today. He says there were no surprises in the NCAA findings. He also says Rodriguez remains the coach.  Michigan has 90 days to respond and will appear at an NCAA hearing on infractions in August.

The NCAA has been looking into allegations raised last fall that Michigan players practiced or spent time on football-related activities beyond NCAA limits. Michigan is seeing how its internal investigation matches up with the NCAA findings and will consider implementing sanctions.




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